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Published January 21, 2012, 02:46 PM

Ex-majority leader Koch, after stepping down, may run for re-election in Minn. Senate

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says she's rethinking her decision not to run for re-election after admitting she had an inappropriate relationship with a Senate staffer.

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says she's rethinking her decision not to run for re-election after admitting she had an inappropriate relationship with a Senate staffer.

In interviews with WCCO-TV and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Koch says she'll be back at the Capitol Tuesday when the session begins, and that she's now open to the idea of another term.

Koch refused to identify the staffer or say if that relationship continues. She says she's still married but declined to comment on the status of her marriage. Both the Star Tribune and WCCO-TV report she was not wearing a wedding ring.

The 40-year-old Buffalo Republican stepped down as majority leader Dec. 15. The next day Senate leaders revealed she'd had an inappropriate relationship with a male staffer.

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